Afghanistan

Blackwater goes on the block

Blackwater goes on the block

The North Carolina-based mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater USA is throwing in the towel. Owner-founder Erik Prince says the company is for sale. “Performance doesn’t matter in Washington, just politics,” Prince said in a statement. The company, now known as Xe Services, provided security guards and other mercenary services to the U.S. government in […]

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

American military deaths in Afghan war top 1,000

The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 at a time when President Barack Obama’s strategy to turn back the Taliban is facing its greatest test — an ambitious campaign to win over a disgruntled population in the insurgents’ southern heartland. More casualties are expected when the campaign kicks into high gear this summer. […]

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. […]

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of this week’s Guantanamo hearings for a 23-year-old Canadian prisoner […]

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer showdown with insurgents, according to a Taliban commander with close ties to senior insurgent leaders. NATO and Afghan forces are stepping up operations to push Taliban fighters out of the city, which was the […]

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

Pentagon bribes nations to support Afghan war

The American government is paying millions of dollars for training and equipment as bribes to buy support for nations for the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. The funds, spent without Congressional approval or oversight, comes from a $350 million Pentagon “slush fund” used to “improve the counter terrorism operations of U.S. allies,” the Associated Press […]

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

After weeks dominated by health care, President Barack Obama‘s secret trip to Afghanistan turned attention back to another issue whose progress this year could help define the success of his presidency. By deciding in December to order a massive buildup to the war he inherited, Obama placed a big bet. Nearly tripling the U.S. presence […]

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

More than seven years ago, a suspected Afghan militant was brought to a dimly lit CIA compound northeast of the airport in Kabul. The CIA called it the Salt Pit. Inmates knew it as the dark prison. Inside a chilly cell, the man was shackled and left half-naked. He was found dead, exposed to the […]

Fed mull weapons charges against Blackwater mercenaries

Fed mull weapons charges against Blackwater mercenaries

Federal prosecutors are considering filing weapons charges against former top officials of the Blackwater Worldwide private security company over allegations they illegally stockpiled automatic rifles at the company’s North Carolina headquarters, The Associated Press has learned. Senior Justice Department officials are reviewing a draft indictment against former president Gary Jackson, former Blackwater lawyer Andrew Howell, […]

Defense official ran private spy operation in Afghanistan, Pakistan

A Defense Department official is under investigation for hiring private contractors to gather intelligence on suspected insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported Sunday. That information was then supplied to military units and intelligence officials, the Times said, citing anonymous military and business sources in the United States and Afghanistan. The scheme […]

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